10 Things to Look for in a Pet Boarding Facility

Pet boardingWhen you’re away from home and your pet can’t come along, you want a pet boarding facility that will provide as much of a home-away-from-home as possible so your pet is safe and secure, and you don’t have to worry about their well-being. Here are 10 important things to look for in a pet-boarding facility.

1. Temperate temperature. Places that board animals without offering climate control could mean extreme heat or extreme cold, neither of which any indoor pet could withstand for very long. You want your pet to be comfortable and safe, so seek out a climate-controlled indoor environment.

2. ER care. Anything can happen at any time with a pet, and even if they’re in a safe place they could experience an unexpected health problem that requires immediate attention. Seek a pet-boarding facility that promises an on-site veterinarian at all times.

3. Non co-ed dorms. Most dogs and cats don’t want to sleep beside each other. To ensure a stress-free stay for your pet, go with a boarder that offers separate canine and feline areas.

4. Singles. If your pet is an only child, it’ll be a big enough of an issue for your dog or cat to have to share their space while they’re being boarded. Search for a boarder that provides individual kennel enclosures or cat condos and that promises to never place your pet with another animal unless specifically requested.

5. Sanitation. Cleanliness is crucial to your pet’s health and well-being. If a kennel doesn’t look sanitary, it probably isn’t. And don’t be afraid to ask how often a boarding facility’s enclosures are cleaned.

6. Exercise. If you’re a dog owner, your pet needs to run, walk, and play every day. Make sure the pet boarding place you choose exercises your dog in an enclosed space at least twice daily.

7. Reservations. Don’t wing it with your pet boarding facility. Wait too long to find accommodations and your pet will end up in a less-than-desirable location. Choose a kennel that takes reservations and guarantees a tidy and comfy spot will be ready and waiting for your pet.

8. Deliciousness. One of the best things about being away from home is the yummy things you get to eat, right? Allow your pet to experience the same joy and find out what kind of diet your kennel provides twice a day for your dog or cat.

9. Rules. Your dog or cat might be up-to-date on his vaccinations, but that doesn’t mean every domesticated animal is. Choose a pet boarding facility that requires all boarders to have proof of their immunizations and a current physical exam.

10. Curiosity. Your dog kennel or cat boarding facility should be concerned about your pet from the moment you fill out the pertinent boarding forms. If your pet boarding spot isn’t asking for feeding instructions, medication instructions, emergency contacts, and more, find a place that does.

Contact Northpointe Veterinary Hospital to make a reservation for your pet at our on-site pet boarding facility. You’ll know your pet is in good hands at our 24/7 hospital – where a vet is always on duty – at 1463 Live Oak Boulevard in Yuba City.